Thursday: March 22                                             

Jeremiah 31:31-34

            The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt–a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD:

     I will put my law within them,

     and I will write it on their hearts;

     and I will be their God,

     and they shall be my people.

             No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

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            As I am writing, Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, and by the time you read this it will have passed. With all these hearts comes the thought that God will write a new covenant on the hearts of His people. I look up from my studies and find a painting God blessed me with from this year’s Women’s Retreat. It’s a heart with roots growing into it, Ephesians 3:14-21 written on it. The heart of the matter is growing Jesus’ sacrifice as a love story on my heart. And that love story does not leave any of the old covenant behind.  It frames it through self-giving love, what we give of ourselves as part of God’s love, to God and to each other.  How wonderful it is to be a willing servant to others when we have love for them. How much more can we give of ourselves when we are filled with God?  The example of the cross leads us to the new covenant by virtue of its unforgettable nature. How a declaration of love fills us and captures our hearts! Hang up a few valentines this Lenten season.

God, write on my heart every word of Jesus’ precious story

making it my new covenant.

Rev. Dawna Watkins

Bluefield, WV

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